Privacy policy

Grant Thornton in the United Arab Emirates is committed to protecting the privacy of its website visitors, for which we outline below the privacy policy which is will support visitors to better understand how we use your personal data. This policy is subject to frequent updates and therefore we recommend this is reviewed each time you visit the website.

What personal data do we collect?

When you visit our website, make an enquiry, order publications or request information, you may be asked to provide some personal data such as your name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. In the event you decide to provide personal data, this policy will apply. It is worth noting that we do not log your Internet Protocol (IP) address.

Cookies

What is a Cookie

 

A cookie is a small piece of data or message that is sent from an organisation's web server to your web browser and is then stored on your hard drive. Cookies cannot read data off your hard drive or cookie files created by other sites, and do not damage your system.

However, you can reset your browser so as to refuse any cookie or to alert you to when a cookie is being sent. Web browsers allow you to control cookies stored on your hard drive through the web browser settings. To find out more about cookies, including what cookies have been set and how to manage and delete them, visit http://www.allaboutcookies.org.

We only use cookies to monitor the performance of our website and to improve user experience. If you choose not to accept our cookies, some of the features of our site may not work as well as we intend.

Cookies used by the website

Cookie type

Cookie Name

Purpose

Google analytics

 

_ga
_gat
_gid
utma
_utmb
_utmc
_utmz

These cookies are used to monitor the performance of our site. We use the information to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visits to our site, where visitors have come from to the site and the pages they visited.

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.

Youtube preferences

PREF
use_hitbox
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

We use YouTube to embed a selection of videos in our Thinking and campaign pages. The embedded videos do not set cookies themselves and can be played with no cookies set. However, if the 'Share' button is clicked YouTube will set cookies.

The VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE cookie attempts to estimate your bandwidth and the use_hitbox and PREF cookies increment the 'views' counter on the YouTube video and stores session preferences. These cookies do not gather information that identifies a user.

Twitter

guest_id

We embed a Twitter feed in our Thinking and campaign pages. This cookie is used to identify you to twitter. if you do not have a twitter account or never accessed the twitter.com website directly then twitter will assign you a unique code to track your visit to the Twitter feed.

 .Net cookies

 ASP.NET_SessionId

 The ASP Session Cookie may be set as part of your online experience if using a site login to enable us to identify you. It only exists for the duration of the browsing session and is deleted afterwards.

 CMS Platform cookies

  ARRAffinity 

 Used to distribute traffic to the website on several servers in order to optimise response times.

 CMS Platform cookies

EPi_NumberOfVisits
VISITOR_INFO1_LIVE

 This is used to track the number of visits to the website

Site uptime monitoring

 NREUM

 

The NREUM cookie stores navigation start time as well as hash codes of the document location and referring page URLs.

Navigation start time is required to measure end user response time. The cookie is written when the current page unloads (i.e. as the next navigation begins).

The document location and referrer are used to validate that the start time refers to the page that was previously being viewed or refreshed (to avoid using an invalid start time from a different navigation)..

 

How do we use your personal data?

We use your personal data to provide information to you or your organisation. We may also use your personal data to carry out research about our visitors' demographics, interests and behaviour. We do this to better understand our visitors. This research is compiled and analysed on an aggregated and anonymous basis.

When you give us personal data, that data may be sent electronically to servers anywhere in the world and may be used, stored and processed anywhere in the world.
Whenever and wherever we collect, process or use personal data, we take steps to ensure that it is treated securely and in accordance with our privacy policy.

To whom might we disclose your personal data?

We may pass your personal data to anyone who needs the data in order to fulfil your request for our services or process any payment. Some of these may be located inside and outside the European Economic Area. We may pass your personal data to Grant Thornton member firms or to our data processors.

Except as set out above, we will not disclose your personal information unless we are obliged to do so or allowed to do so, by law, or where we need to do so in order to run our business (for instance where we outsource services or other people process data for us).

Direct Marketing

You may at any time request us to stop using your personal data for direct marketing purposes. If you wish to do this, please contact us.

Links

Our website contains links to Grant Thornton member and correspondent firm websites, but this privacy policy applies only to personal data collected via websites operated by Grant Thornton in the United Arab Emirates and includes http://www.grantthornton.ae and other associated pages for this website. It does not apply to specific member or correspondent firms practising under the Grant Thornton name. We are not responsible for the privacy practices of these or other sites. We encourage our visitors to be aware when they leave our website, and to read the privacy policy of other sites that collect or use personal data.

Security

Unfortunately, no data transmission over the Internet or any other network can be guaranteed as 100% secure, but we take appropriate steps to try to protect the security of your personal data.

Contacts

If you would like access to or a copy of the personal information we hold about you, to request a correction, or have any questions about how we may use it or to make a complaint, please contact the Data Protection Officer at the address shown below, or, email grantthornton@ae.gt.com
Complaints will be dealt with by the Data Protection Officer and will be responded to within 30 days at the latest.
If you are not satisfied with the way your complaint was handled, you may be able to refer your complaint to your local data protection regulator.
Registered office address: Level 23, Rolex Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, P.O. Box 1620, Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Inaccuracies and Corrections

We would like to keep your personal data accurate and up to date. If you become aware of any errors or inaccuracies please let us know by contacting us at our registered office.